EDISON - A red flag warning has been issued for most of the state this afternoon, meaning that critical fire weather conditions are expected.

News 12 New Jersey meteorologist James Gregorio says a combination of dry conditions, strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create the optimal environment for wildfires to develop.

It hasn't rained for almost two weeks across most of the Garden State, and scattered showers in the forecast for Wednesday morning aren't expected to bring much relief.

Gregorio says winds are forecast to gust to 25 to 35 mph during the afternoon hours today with temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s.